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17-year-old becomes first minor to die by euthanasia in Belgium

It is the first time rules adopted in Belgium in 2014 have been applied. They allow for the doctor-assisted deaths of minors with incurable conditions.

It is the first time rules adopted in Belgium in 2014 have been applied. They allow for the doctor-assisted deaths of minors with incurable conditions.

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Belgium's Marieke Vervoort: I don't want to die ... yet

Marieke Vervoort told reporters after winning silver in the 400m wheelchair race that she's not ready yet for euthanasia.

Marieke Vervoort told reporters after winning silver in the 400m wheelchair race that she's not ready yet for euthanasia.

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Germany parliament votes to criminalise commercial euthanasia

Germany’s parliament has voted to criminalise organisations that take payment for assisting patients to terminate their lives. It follows the

Germany’s parliament has voted to criminalise organisations that take payment for assisting patients to terminate their lives. It follows the

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"Right to die" law rejected by British parliament

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons

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France: Vincent Lambert case sparks fresh debate on right-to-die

The row over whether French tetraplegic, Vincent Lambert, should be allowed to live or die has reached a new impasse, with doctors deciding he should

The row over whether French tetraplegic, Vincent Lambert, should be allowed to live or die has reached a new impasse, with doctors deciding he should

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France can take man off life support following court decision

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a decision by France's highest legal body to allow doctors take a man, in a coma since 2008, off life support.

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a decision by France's highest legal body to allow doctors take a man, in a coma since 2008, off life support.

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France passes 'deep sleep' bill for end of life patients

French MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deep sleep bill. The draft law would allow terminally ill patients to opt for a deep sedation until they die.

French MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deep sleep bill. The draft law would allow terminally ill patients to opt for a deep sedation until they die.

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France: Controversial draft law revives euthanasia debate

French legislators have started debating a draft law which could take the country a step closer to legalising euthanasia. It’s brought campaigners

French legislators have started debating a draft law which could take the country a step closer to legalising euthanasia. It’s brought campaigners

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Germany: nurse admits killing 30 patients

A male nurse in Germany has admitted killing around 30 patients who were critically ill or in intensive care, a psychological expert has told a court

A male nurse in Germany has admitted killing around 30 patients who were critically ill or in intensive care, a psychological expert has told a court

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Belgian doctors block convicted murderer's euthanasia

Belgian doctors have denied a convicted murderer and rapist the right to die. Fifty-two-year-old Frank van den Bleeken is serving a life sentence for

Belgian doctors have denied a convicted murderer and rapist the right to die. Fifty-two-year-old Frank van den Bleeken is serving a life sentence for

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French MPs release report on end of life care

French MPs have submitted a report to the President on end of life care that stops short of euthanasia. The proposals allow the right to ‘continuous

French MPs have submitted a report to the President on end of life care that stops short of euthanasia. The proposals allow the right to ‘continuous

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Pope Francis condemns 'hidden euthanasia' of old people

Pope Francis has denounced what he called the “hidden euthanasia” of old people at a special event at the Vatican. The elderly were well

Pope Francis has denounced what he called the “hidden euthanasia” of old people at a special event at the Vatican. The elderly were well

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Belgian murderer and rapist given right to die

A man serving a life sentence for murder and rape will be allowed to have doctors end his life, after a landmark ruling. Frank Van Den Bleeken

A man serving a life sentence for murder and rape will be allowed to have doctors end his life, after a landmark ruling. Frank Van Den Bleeken

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'Suicide tourism' on the up in Switzerland

The number of so-called “suicide tourists” travelling to Switzerland to end their lives has doubled over a four-year period, according to a study

The number of so-called “suicide tourists” travelling to Switzerland to end their lives has doubled over a four-year period, according to a study

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Doctor cleared over assisted deaths in France

A court in France has acquitted a doctor of charges brought against him for giving seven dying patients lethal injections. This judgement in favour

A court in France has acquitted a doctor of charges brought against him for giving seven dying patients lethal injections. This judgement in favour

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French court says life support should be turned off for tetraplegic

A French court has ruled that doctors should be allowed to switch off the life support machine for a tetraplegic man after nearly six years in a

A French court has ruled that doctors should be allowed to switch off the life support machine for a tetraplegic man after nearly six years in a

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After Marius the giraffe, Copenhagen zoo slaughters four lions

The Copenhagen zoo made famous around the world after slaying and publicly dissecting a giraffe named Marius last February is set to trigger further

The Copenhagen zoo made famous around the world after slaying and publicly dissecting a giraffe named Marius last February is set to trigger further

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Murder probe after Dutch euthanasia architect Els Borst found dead

Dutch police have begun a murder probe into the death of a former minister who is credited with making the Netherlands the first country to legalise

Dutch police have begun a murder probe into the death of a former minister who is credited with making the Netherlands the first country to legalise

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Belgium extends euthanasia law to children

Belgium has become the first country in the world to abandon age limits for euthanasia. It will allow terminally-ill children to end their own lives

Belgium has become the first country in the world to abandon age limits for euthanasia. It will allow terminally-ill children to end their own lives

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Belgian MPs back bill for child euthanasia

The Belgian parliament has voted by a strong majority to extend euthanasia to terminally-ill children who will now be able to ask to die if they are

The Belgian parliament has voted by a strong majority to extend euthanasia to terminally-ill children who will now be able to ask to die if they are

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Belgium set to give minors the right to die

Belgium is set to give terminally-ill children the right to die. The country is one of only a handful where euthanasia is legal. Now MPs are

Belgium is set to give terminally-ill children the right to die. The country is one of only a handful where euthanasia is legal. Now MPs are

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Whales stranded in New Zealand are euthanised

Eight pilot whales stranded on New Zealand’s South Island were euthanised after attempts to re-float them failed, local media reported. The area is

Eight pilot whales stranded on New Zealand’s South Island were euthanised after attempts to re-float them failed, local media reported. The area is

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Eight beached whales shot to avoid suffering

Eight pilot whales stranded on New Zealand’s South Island have been put down. The whales beached themselves twice in two days. Efforts to re-float

Eight pilot whales stranded on New Zealand’s South Island have been put down. The whales beached themselves twice in two days. Efforts to re-float

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Belgium: Child Euthanasia Bill passes latest hurdle

A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The

A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The